Monthly Archives: April 2011

New Amazon Bestseller!

It’s here!

There’s nothing quite like holding your newly-published book in your hand. I’m a little giddy.

Actually, this morning is filled with excitement. Not only did the proof of my new book come in, but I also woke up to being in the TOP 20 on the Kindle’s Authorship list!

It’s only been available on Kindle for 3 days, and it’s already hit the TOP 20. I love it.

It’s already gotten some great reviews, and I’m thrilled to discover it’s helping emerging authors navigate the shark-infested waters of publishing. Read the rest of this entry »


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Go Beyond: Promoting Steampunk Outside Comfort Zones

This week’s Emerging Author Spotlight: a guest post by Tee Morris. Originally posted on O. M. Grey’s blog yesterday.


Gentle reader, it may not come as a surprise to you that the lovely and delicious O.M. Grey has invited me to talk about steampunk as Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel hits the stands today, across the United States. Olivia has been most gracious with her ties in the community, talking up the title on her blog, Facebook, and Twitter; and it was her own enthusiasm for it and for the genre that played a part in bringing her into the Ministry’s podcast anthology Tales from the Archives. Truly, this is community and networking all fitting in place quite comfortably like cogs in the machine, as well as validation in the efforts you as an artist put forth into building a community and establishing a reputation there in.

So when people ask me what advice I have for them as an artisan — for it doesn’t matter if you are a writer, a musician, or a costumer — I encourage them to build a community around their work and then, come promotion time, make sure to reach to them for support. And then, go beyond. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 27, 2011 in Marketing & Networks


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PubIt!: Barnes & Noble Plays Catch-up with Amazon’s KDP

At the DFW Writer’s Conference in February 2011, I attended a presentation on Barnes & Noble’s relatively new PubIt! system. PubIt! (yes, the exclamation point is necessary) is Barnes & Noble’s answer to Amazon’s Kindle Digital Publishing (KDP) system, an interface that allows authors and small publishers to publish eBook directly to for the Kindle. Now users can publish eBook directly to the B&N Nook via PubIt! without going through an eBook middle man like Smashwords.

The PubIt! interface is very user-friendly and self explanatory as one navigates through it. Users get a straight 65% royalty on sales of eBooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99, a little less than’s option of 70%, but not unreasonably so. Books priced below or above those figures earn a straight 40% royalty, a little more than’s 35% option, but not significantly so.

So, for an eBook priced at $2.99, the author will get $1.94 via PubIt! If they publish through Smashwords at the same price, the author gets $1.79 per eBook sold for the NOOK. One, of course, should still publish through Smashwords for all their other distribution, like Sony, Diesel, Kobo, and most importantly Apple’s iBookstore. Just choose to omit Barnes & Noble at Smashwords to publish through PubIt! Get that extra $0.15 per book. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 25, 2011 in Publishing Industry


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Feeling Successful

What defines success? I think probably each person has an individual idea of success and what that means for them and their work.

Many put deadlines on success, like “by the time I’m 35, I’ll be a NYT bestselling author.”

But what happens when they turn 35 and they’re not even published yet?

They feel like a failure.

But the truth is, they’re not a failure. Emerging authors have a tendency to dream big and expect things to happen very quickly. After all, we’re so used to having so much information at our fingertips. Most anything you want to know or what to know how to do is just a Google search away. We fast forward through commercials now, too. Everything moves so fast in our lives, we, of course, expect our writing careers to move fast, too.

The reality is the opposite. Most writing careers take years to build before they tip. My friend Cherie Priest put it perfectly when talking about her great success with Boneshaker: “I was an overnight success,” she said. “It only took me 10 years and 7 books to get there.” Read the rest of this entry »


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Writing on the Air: Self-Publishing Panel

In November 2010, Denniger Bolton, Robert Stikmanz, Ethan Rose and I discussed self-publishing in today’s marketplace on Austin’s Community Radio Station KOOP.

Please listen: Micro & Self-Publishing Panel.



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eBook Sales Top Everything.

This is how fast things are changing in publishing.

My book Publishing and Marketing Realities of the Emerging Author has only been at the editor’s a week, and already it needs to be updated. Even between drafts, I would have to update information and figures.

Last July, Jeff Bezos announced that eBooks sales had outsold hardbacks, and he predicted that they would outsell paperbacks in the next 9 to 12 months.

Well, guess what? Exactly nine months later, they have.

The publishing tide is shifting fast: E-book sales in February topped all other formats, including paperbacks and hardcovers, according to an industry report released this week.

E-book sales totaled $90.3 million in February, up 202% compared to the same month a year earlier, according to a study from the Association of American Publishers. That put e-books at No. 1 “among all categories of trade publishing” that month — the first time e-books have beaten out traditional publishing formats.

Read the entire article here: E-book sales top paperbacks first time


What do you think about these figures?

Do you think this trend will continue, or is it just a fad?


Posted by on April 18, 2011 in Publishing Industry


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Fear Obscurity, Not Piracy

Tim O’Reilly said, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy” in a piece written nearly ten years ago.

And I think he’s right.

Even more so today than a decade ago. Why? Because it’s no longer 100,000 books published every year, it’s over three times that. And that figure doesn’t count eBooks.

Last week, I posted a video featuring Neil Gaiman speaking on the subject of piracy. It has been long theorized that piracy does not hurt sales. It actually helps sales because it increases visibility.

None of our books have DRM enabled and I was very excited to see one of our books on a P2P sharing site, but today I’m going to go one step further.

I want you to steal my book. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on April 15, 2011 in Marketing & Networks


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